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All this unique local mix of cultures, languages and styles is always a great source for inspiration.

You need to be fast, because, as I said, everything is very dynamic. Sometimes, I look around, and I find some usual items like sugar bags or napkins. Sometimes I draw directly on placemats."• Marina's art on Flickr.• Marina's website.

I have met and sketched with many wonderful people around the globe, either at symposiums or during other travel, because the USk network brought us together.

I moved to Kassel (Germany) in 1999 to accomplish a master degree.Although I have always drawn and paint, it was not until I started studying in the Uni-Kassel, that I started keeping a travel sketchbook.Of course, we have seashores, which calm us a little bit.I love to sit in a corner of some Tel-Aviv coffee shop and explore relationships: between people, their environment, between myself.His drawings of Seattle – my birthplace and lifelong home – were of sights that I had seen many times, yet had never truly seen.

I wanted to learn to see, and therefore experience, those locations (and any new ones that I travel to) more completely."The dictionary says that a hobby is “an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation.” Although urban sketching certainly provides both pleasure and relaxation, I don’t think of it as my hobby.I think of it more as a way of life – something that has become such a normal part of my everydayness that it shapes how I view the world.It’s about an excavator filling a hole where a cherry tree once stood.Or the Tibetan monastery I drive by frequently that I couldn’t resist because it’s bright orange."I am from urban north London, but now live in urbane Davis California.